Complete Madness

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Complete Madness
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Greatest hits album by
Released23 April 1982
Recorded1979 - 1982
Length45:24 (Original) / 47:24 (Re-issue)
LabelStiff Records
ProducerClive Langer
Alan Winstanley
Madness chronology
Complete Madness
The Rise & Fall
Alternative cover
Cover of the Virgin Records 1985 CD re-release
Cover of the Virgin Records 1985 CD re-release
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Complete Madness is the first greatest hits album by ska/pop group Madness. It was released in 1982 and included Madness' biggest hits from their first three studio albums and the stand-alone singles. Complete Madness spent 99 weeks on the UK charts peaking at number 1.


When issued originally many of the tracks faded early into each other with no banding, sometimes very abruptly. This continued on the 1985 CD issue (although differing slightly, as an early fade of the original 7" single version of "House Of Fun" was used). The first time the songs appeared in full for this compilation was for the 2003 Virgin reissue, although a similar, shortened version of "Shut Up" (originally used on the 2000 reissue of the Divine Madness compilation) continued to be used, and continues to be used on subsequent reissues.

The original Australian edition replaces "In The City" with 13th UK single "Driving In My Car".

Music video[edit]

An accompanying video cassette was also released, containing all thirteen of the group's music videos up to that point (the twelve UK singles plus "Bed and Breakfast Man", which was a single in Canada), with specially filmed introductions to each video; together with the car commercials they'd done for Honda in Japan.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Embarrassment" (Thompson, Barson)
  2. "Shut Up" (McPherson, Foreman)
  3. "My Girl" (Barson)
  4. "Baggy Trousers" (McPherson, Foreman)
  5. "It Must Be Love" (Labi Siffre)
  6. "The Prince" (Thompson)
  7. "Bed & Breakfast Man" (Barson)
  8. "Night Boat to Cairo" (McPherson, Barson)
  9. "House of Fun" (Thompson, Barson)
  10. "One Step Beyond" (Cecil Campbell) [Originally album version, single version on re-issues]
  11. "Cardiac Arrest" (Smash, Foreman)
  12. "Grey Day" (Barson)
  13. "Take It or Leave It" (Thompson, Barson)
  14. "In the City" (Barson, Crutchfield, Foreman, Inoue, McPherson, Smash)
  15. "Madness" (Campbell)
  16. "The Return of the Los Palmas 7" (Barson, Bedford, Woodgate)


  • Alan Winstanley – Producer
  • Neill King – Engineer
  • Clive Langer – Producer

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
UK Albums Chart[1] 1
Australia (Kent Music Report)[2] 2
Dutch Albums Chart[3] 7
New Zealand Albums Chart[4] 11


  1. ^ Complete Madness at Official Charts Retrieved 26 August 2016
  2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  3. ^ Complete Madness at Dutch Charts Retrieved 20 June 2013
  4. ^ Complete Madness at Dutch Charts Retrieved 26 August 2016

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